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Published on 19.05.2023

Exchange of foreign driver's license

In Switzerland, the foreign driving license is only valid for up to one year after entry. Therefore, it is crucial to convert it within 12 months after arrival, provided it would still be valid at the time of conversion. If you miss this deadline, we strongly advise against continuing to drive in Switzerland and instead rewrite your foreign driver's license as soon as possible.

The Swiss authorities also require an eye test. This is mandatory for all and the results, which are valid for two years, must be recorded on the application form.

Depending on the nationality of the driver's license, a so-called control drive may be required during the conversion, even if you already have a foreign driver's license of the same class. Once you have passed this test, you will receive your Swiss driver's license by mail.

The requirements for the conversion of the B driver's license vary according to nationality. There are basically two categories. Both categories must have a Swiss eye test.

The first category includes all nationalities that are exempt from the control drive. These include:

  • - All EU/EFTA countries
  • - Andorra
  • - Australia
  • - Israel
  • - Japan
  • - Canada
  • - Korea (Republic)
  • - Morocco
  • - Monaco
  • - New Zealand
  • - San Marino
  • - Singapore
  • - Taiwan
  • - Tunisia
  • - USA

The second category includes all other countries (non-EU/EFTA). Persons with a driver's license from these countries must necessarily complete a control drive.

For the control drive you should bring the following:

  • - Foreign driving license (original)
  • - Invitation to the practical exam
  • - Identification papers (original)
  • - A roadworthy vehicle
  • - The vehicle registration card of the test vehicle

It is important to note that you have three months from the date of registration to pass the control drive. The test cannot be repeated and if you fail it, you will no longer be allowed to drive in Switzerland. In addition, your foreign driver's license will be revoked and you will have to obtain the Swiss driver's license through the regular procedure (including theory test, learner's permit, traffic knowledge, practical test).

If you are moving to Switzerland and need help finding a car, getting the best insurance or have questions about the process, don't hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to assist you!

We wish you much joy and success with your Swiss driver's license!

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